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Long-Awaited ‘Serena’ with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Selected for BFI London Film Festival

Long-Awaited 'Serena' with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Selected for BFI London Film Festival

This morning, it was announced that the London Film Festival will screen the long-awaited Serena,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The film was shot in 2012 and has drawn buzz for its A-list pairing, leading many to suspect it would be screened at Venice or Cannes. But “Serena” is getting a quieter premiere, screening out of competition as a part of the London Film Festival’s eclectic “Strands/Pathways” program. The film was directed by Susanne Bier of “Brothers” and “After the Wedding.” 

Other titles in the festival line-up are listed below, for the entire lineup, including the films accompanying “Serena” in the lengthy “Strands/Pathways” program, check out the BFI website.

Opening Night
“The Imitation Game,” Morten Tyldum
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Director Morten Tyldum returns to the Festival with a film about Alan Turing, one of the world’s greatest innovators and pioneer of modern-day computing, who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code.

Headline Galas
“Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller
“Whiplash,” Damien Chazelle
“Wild,” Jean-Marc Vallée
“Men, Women and Children,” Jason Reitman
“Testament of Youth,” James Kent
“Mr. Turner,” Mike Leigh
“The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands,” Walter Summers

Strand Galas
“A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman
“Rosewater,” Jon Stewart
“Mommy,” Xavier Dolan
“Wild Tales,” Damian Szifron
“The Salvation,” Kristian Levring
“The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom,” Jacob Cheung
“Winter Sleep,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Song of the Sea,” Tomm Moore
“Björk: Biophilia Live,” Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton

Closing Night
Directed by David Ayer whose “End of Watch” appeared in LFF Official Competition in 2012, this Second World War epic stars Brad Pitt as Wardaddy, a battle-hardened army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.  

Official Competition
“Dearest,” Peter Ho-Sun Chan
“The Duke of Burgundy,” Carol Morley
“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” Ana Lily Amirpour
“Girlhood,” Celine Sciamma
“The Keeping Room,” Daniel Barber
“Leviathan,” Andrey Zvagintsev
“The New Girlfriend,” Francois Ozon
“Phoenix,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf
“Son of a Gun,” Julius Avery
“Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako

Documentary Competition
“The Green Prince,” Nadav Schirman
“Guidelines, Jean-Francois Ciayssy
“Hockney,” Randall Wright
“The Immortalists,” Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado
“In the Basement,” Ulrich Seidl
“Maidan,” Sergei Loznitsa
“National Gallery,” Frederick Weisman
“Ne Me Quitte Pas,” Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels can Koevorden
“The Possibilities are Endless,” Edward Lovelace and James Hall
“Silvered Water, Syria Self-POrtrait,” Osama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan
“Stray Dog,” Debra Granik
“Tender,” Lynette Wallworth

First Feature Competition
“’71,” Yann Demange
“Butter on the Latch,” Josephine Decker
“Catch Me Daddy,” Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe
“Difret,” Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
“Gente De Bien,” Franco Lolli
“The Goob,” Guy Myhill
“Labour of Love,” Adityavikram Sengupta
“Macondo,” Sudabeh Mortezai
“Second Coming,” Debbie Tucker Green
“Something Must Break,” Ester Martin Bergsmark
“Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar
“The Tribe,” Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

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